Southeast Asian city mayors discuss sustainable urban development hinh anh 1ASEAN logo (Source: VNA)
Thua Thien – Hue (VNA) – Leaders of more than 30 cities in ASEAN countries gathered at a conference in Hue city, the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on December 14-15 to discuss sponsoring and implementing sustainable development projects for cities in the Southeast Asian region.

The conference was jointly organised by the International Association of French-speaking Mayors (AIMF), the European Union and Hue city.

Addressing the event, Chairman of Hue city People’s Committee Nguyen Van Thanh said that the conference aims to share experience in mobilizing financial resources for sustainable urban development projects.

He also highlighted Hue’s efforts to contribute to AIMF activities and the city’s determination to deeply integrate into the French-speaking community as well as to protect and develop heritage values.

Three thematic seminars were held within the framework of the conference, dealing with advantages in calling for investment, experience in responding to climate change in the region, the role of cities in strengthening regional integration, cooperation among cities in Southeast Asia, ASEAN and the engagement of cities in sustainable development.

AIMF Permanent Secretary Pierre Baillet said that ASEAN is strongly integrating into the world economy and facing many challenges in education, rising population and climate change. This requires French- speaking mayors to seek new governance methods, including financial policies.

Participants at the event also shared experience in defining the role played by cities in calling for investment to sustainable urban development and climate change response.

Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung lauded activities of AIMF in sustainable urban development, noting that the association has created strong connectivity among member cities and Francophone organisations in the region and the world.

He also expressed hope that the association will play a bigger role in step up regional and inter-regional cooperation for the sustainable growth of cities in Southeast Asia.-VNA